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FEDERAL – Action #1: Call your senators to pass H.R.8 and H.R. 1446. Then, more importantly, ask your friends and relatives with GOP senators to call theirs! Every day. Over and over. Make their phones ring off their desks!
ACTION #1:Send a letter to our Ventura County Board of Supervisors to support the recommendation of indoor mask wearing.
ACTION #2:ZOOM –Call in to the Ventura County Fairground Board regarding gun shows- Tuesday, July 27 (9:00 am)
ACTION #1:Send a letter to our Ventura County board of supervisors to support the recommendation of indoor mask wearing.
(VC Star) “Citing rising COVID-19 infections and the spread of the delta variant, Ventura County public health officials are urging residents to wear masks indoors in public places whether they are vaccinated or not.
“While vaccines remain our best tool against COVID-19, masking in indoor and crowded outdoor settings will help us curb the spread of this latest wave of infection,” said Dr. Robert Levin, Ventura County’s health officer, in an advisory released Monday.
COVID-19 case rates have increased across California since the state’s full economic reopening on June 15. Ventura County’s COVID case rate grew to 4.5 infections a day per 100,000 people for the week ending July 10 — nearly four times the rate a month earlier.Levin said county data shows unvaccinated people are 22 times more likely to become infected and hospitalized than vaccinated residents.“
Please send a letter to our Ventura County Board of Supervisors to support the recommendation of indoor mask wearing given the impact of the delta variant – Meeting is Tuesday, July 27.
Call your assemblymember and ask that they support Sen. Dave Min’s bill SB-264 – “Firearms: state property,” to prevent our state-owned fairgrounds from being rented out as a gun marketplace. This bill passed the Senate (29-9) and is heading into Assembly public safety committee on July 13.
Our own fairgrounds’ Board of Directors reduced the number of shows in 2019 in response to strong community activism, but seems unable to do what some other former host cities have done, such as Del Mar, Solana Beach, and Encinitas. They ultimately helped push through AB 893, with permanently prevents Del Mar Fairgrounds from leasing their property to gun shows.
Ventura’s next Crossroads of the West gun show will be in October and there are other gun shows scheduled at fairgrounds and venues throughout the state. Beyond straw sales and theft from vendors, every show is a dispersion point for ghost gun and and precursor parts into our communities. Even Bob Templeton, the head of the family that own Crossroads of the West “has concerns about ghost gun parts being sold at his shows, but he said he’s been threatened with litigation if he didn’t allow those vendors – and he noted there’s another pending state bill that would ban the sale of precursor parts at gun shows.“
We agree, Bob, and the best way we can help you with your legal issues is to stop your shows from coming here in the first place.
Minimal script: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want Assemblymember [___] to know that I strongly support Sen. Min’s SB264. Our state, and my tax dollars, should not in any way be associated with the selling and promotion of firearms, ammunition and untraceable gun parts. Please ask Asm. [___] to encourage his/her colleagues on the Public Safety Committee to vote “YES” on this bill.
Action #1 – Join us for NATIONAL VOTER REGISTRATION DAY!
Empowering young voters is important in this political climate. We will be visiting local colleges to make sure that students are aware of the importance of their vote in the upcoming elections. Today, we’re at Ventura College to engage with the great students there.
If you have never joined in on a voter registration event, this YOUR opportunity to make a difference and – don’t worry – there will be experienced folks on hand to teach you the ropes!
Time: 10 am-2 pm Event: Register Ventura College voters Address: Ventura College – 4667 Telegraph Rd, Ventura, CA 93003 Location: MCE/MCW Quad on the east side of campus past El Camino High School (see map below)
Look for our tent! Questions? Email Veronica at email@example.com
Action #2 – Remind the Ventura County Fairground Board that we want the gun shows to stop.
Dedicated community activists are gathering together to make public comments to the board. Yes, your voices matter. The Ventura County Fair Board is supposed to represent the interests of the local community, not out-of-state gun show owners.
Action – Vote “YES” to close a loophole on ammo sales & raise fees on firearms sales for gun-related programs.
AB 1669 updates existing law by applying the same gun show regulations that already apply to firearms dealers to ammunition vendors, increasing the Dealer Record of Sale fee (DROS) for firearm purchases from $14 to $32.19, and authorizing the Department of Justice (DOJ) to adjust the DROS fee as needed to ensure adequate funding for firearms-related notifications and services paid for by that account.
These ever-increasing services and programs are provided by our state hospitals, mental health facilities, local law enforcement, and other agencies, and include assessments of those who may be prohibited from possessing weapons, the processing of protective orders, as well as the regulatory cost of processing firearms transactions.
Minimal script: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want Assemblymember [___] to vote “YES on AB 1669: Gun Shows and events.
Call today and tomorrow. We’ll keep this updated for when the actual vote occurs.
Contact:State Assemblymember Monique Limón: (CA-37): SAC (916) 319-2037.
You can email here, but this is happening fast. Try calling first! It will take literally take 10 seconds. Not your people?: findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov.
Background and Major Provisions
1) This bill updates existing law by aligning the requirements of ammunition vendors at guns shows with those of firearms dealers. According to the bill’s sponsor, Xavier Becerra, Attorney General of California: “Proposition 63, the Safety for All Act, passed in 2016 and among several provisions related to firearms and ammunition, required sales of ammunition to be conducted by or processed through a licensed dealer.Unfortunately, not all vendors were covered by the resulting law. “Independent ammunition vendors” – those that only sell ammunition, are federally-licensed, and are based outside of California – can sell ammunition at gun shows without being required to obtain the same state licenses that are required of California-based vendors. AB 1669 closes this loophole by requiring any entity selling ammunition in the state to be licensed by the state.”Continue reading “Thur – 5/9: URGENT!!! – “YES” on AB-1669 – Firearms: Gun shows and events. Voting soon!”→
October 1st marked the one-year anniversary of the Las Vegas mass shooting, where 59 innocent people were murdered, and more than 500 others were injured. This November 7th, some of the survivors went through the same trauma again at our popular dance spot, the Borderline. 12 people died, including an armed law enforcement officer.
We are beyond “thoughts and prayers” over gun violence.
We have learned from this last election, that regular citizens, with both individual and group actions, can profoundly change this world for the better.
Here is what you can do right now and this is what we can do together.
Action #1 – Sign and share this petition
Take an action TODAY to end the proliferation of guns via the gun shows at the Ventura County Fairgrounds and our state profiting off of gun and ammunition sales. Help end the CROSSROADS of THE WEST(COTW) contract with Ventura County . (See “Background” below regarding some highly problematic issues with this promoter.)
Today, October 1st, marks the one-year anniversary of the Las Vegas mass shooting, where 59 innocent people were murdered, and more than 500 others were injured by shooter Stephen Paddock.
Aside from thoughts and prayers for the trauma and tragedy of these families, we can take local action TODAY to end the proliferation of guns via the gun shows at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. This is our last chance toend the CROSSROADS of THE WEST(COTW) contract with Ventura County before they are renewed. (See “Background” below regarding some highly problematic issues with this promoter.)